Festival season gets under way with city centre youth event
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
LIVE music, games and a World Cup-inspired penalty shoot-out will form part of a city centre Youth Festival this weekend.
The free festival takes place on Saturday 14 July on Humberstone Gate, with a packed programme of events that will help kick-start the summer holidays for young people in Leicester.
From 2pm until 6pm, youngsters will be able to practise their ball skills with the LCFC Community Trust, try some festival-style glitter face painting, have a go at zorb football and take part in some fun quizzes and competitions.
They will also be able to learn about staying safe, get useful advice on health, drug, alcohol and relationship issues, and find out about knife crime initiatives.
The event – aimed at those aged 13 and over – is the first of seven youth festivals that will be taking place across Leicester this summer and has been organised by Leicester City Council’s youth services in partnership with Leicester City Football Club, Leicestershire Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
Cllr Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor who leads on children and young people’s services, said: “Our youth festivals are a great opportunity for young people to meet up and have fun during the summer holidays.
“It’s also a chance for them to chat to our youth workers and find out about the other services we can offer them.
“We know that providing things for young people to do can have a positive effect on neighbourhoods and the wider community, so I’m pleased that this year our youth festivals will be taking place in parks and open spaces across the city, making it easy for everyone to take part.”
Senior youth worker Sam Merry said: “We are really excited about our youth festivals this year and hope to see as many young people from our existing sessions coming out to join us, as well as lots of new faces.
“We have teamed up with our partners to put some fun back in to the summer holidays, while ensuring that young people know that they always have somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.”
Superintendent Shane O’Neill said: “These festivals will be a lot fun, with plenty going on to keep teenagers amused over the holiday period. It could be a great way to meet and make new friends, while picking up some great advice at the same time. We hope to get some of our officers to attend so that youngsters can ask them any questions they might have about policing.”
The series of summer youth festivals continues on Thursday 19 July with an event at the Sturdee Road recreation ground in Eyres Monsell. Subsequent festivals will be held in Humberstone, Highfields, Braunstone, Beaumont Leys and New Parks/Woodgate.
A full list of all the youth festivals taking place this summer is provided below:
Saturday 14 July 2pm-6pm
City centre (Humberstone Gate)
Thursday 19 July 3pm-6pm
Eyres Monsell (Sturdee Road Recreation Ground)
Thursday 26 July 3pm-6pm
Humberstone (Humberstone Park)
Thursday 2 August 3pm-6pm
Highfields (Spinney Hill Park)
Thursday 9 August 3pm-6pm
Braunstone (Braunstone Park)
Thursday 16 August 3pm-6pm
Beaumont Leys (Bishopdale Park)
Thursday 23 August 3pm-6pm
New Parks/Woodgate (Rally Park)
The regular sessions at Leicester’s youth centres will also continue throughout the summer.